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At least 15 dead as severe weather sweeps across central US; on Memorial Day, IA labor leaders honor fallen workers; Medical center installs microgrid to safeguard clinic power supply; 'Second look' laws gain traction, but MS sticks to elderly parole; Will summer heat melt New Mexicans' cravings for ice cream?

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One congressman cites ways Biden could get more support from communities of color. A new Louisiana law reclassifies two abortion medications as controlled substances. And Ohio advocates work to boost youth voter turnout.

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Smokey Bear thought only "you" could prevent forest fires, but decomposing mushrooms may also help, a Native American community in Oregon is achieving healthcare sovereignty, and Colorado farmers hope fast-maturing, drought-tolerant seeds will better handle climate change.


The current lack of cohesive planning has made building new transmission lines difficult, prompting FERC's new rule. (Gregory Johnston/Adobe Stock)
FERC rule to spark energy transmission building nationwide

A new step from the federal government takes a step toward modernizing the process for building energy transmission lines - while also protecting wild…

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Signatures for Idaho's open primary initiative were due May 1. (Tracy King/Adobe Stock)
Idahoans vote in primaries Tuesday, but future primaries could look different

As this year's primary approaches, supporters of a voter initiative in Idaho hope future primaries will look different. Idaho's primaries are being …

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Older Idahoans have higher rates of volunteerism than younger people. ( Stock)
ID award for volunteers who 'enrich lives' open for nominations

AARP Idaho is seeking nominations in the state for its prestigious award for outstanding volunteers. The Andrus Award for Community Service is named …

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Medicaid coverage includes checkups, sick visits, immunizations as well as dental and vision care. (Adobe Stock/AI)
Report: ID covering fewer kids with public insurance vs. 2019

As pandemic era protections were lifted, a new report showed the number of children on Medicaid has varied widely between states, with Idaho seeing a …

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Wildfire smoke contains tiny particles that can be harmful to the lungs. (Jacob/Adobe Stock)
Air quality awareness week arrives as wildfire season nears

Agencies are raising awareness about air quality around the country this week. Led by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Air Quality …

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New treatments can reverse the effects of stroke if administered fast enough. (SewcreamStudio/Adobe Stock)
Calling 911 critical when stroke symptoms present

May is Stroke Awareness Month and health experts stressed time is of the essence when responding to this medical condition. The acronym "BE FAST" …

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Five of nine full-time maternal-fetal medicine specialists have left Idaho since the state's strict abortion law took effect, according to a report from the Idaho Physician Well-Being Action Collaborative. (Adobe Stock)
Supreme Court hears arguments on Idaho's near-total abortion ban

By Mary Anne Franks for Ms. Magazine.Broadcast version by Alex Gonzalez for Northern Rockies News Service reporting for the Ms. Magazine-Public News …

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The U.S. Supreme Court's decision on Idaho's abortion ban will have ramifications for health-care providers in the state. (JudithAnne/Adobe Stock)
ID abortion law before SCOTUS this week

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments this week on Idaho's near-total abortion ban. Idaho v. United States is on the docket for Wednesday…

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Turnover of election officials has been lower in smaller jurisdictions over the past two decades. (MyPhotoBuddy/Adobe Stock)
Steady increase in election staff changes over past two decades, report finds

A new report dives into election official turnover during more than two decades. It says rates have increased steadily nationwide since 2000…

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Idaho's municipal elections are held in odd-numbered years. (Lane Erickson/Adobe Stock)
ID could boost local election turnout with timing change

A trio of mountain west states has similar politics and geography, but one far outpaces its neighbors in voter turnout. Voting numbers in Wyoming are …

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The teal ribbon represents sexual assault awareness and prevention during the month of April. ( Stock)
Call for more inclusive coverage during Sexual Assault Prevention Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Advocates for sexual assault survivors in Idaho and across the country are pushing for a more …

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Lewiston is at the Washington border where the Snake River enters Idaho. (Nadia/Adobe Stock)
Snake River dams' clean energy claims questioned

A new report found four dams in the Columbia River Basin are big emitters of methane. Research from the organization Tell The Dam Truth showed the …

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